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The Supermassive Vacuum Cleaner At the Edge of the Known Universe

Posted July 18, 2013 11:39 AM

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All we know about the universe is in what is called "the observable universe," because there's much beyond what even the most powerful modern telescopes and data-retrieval systems can detect. And something out there is exerting power over other things we can observe. We can't see it, and we don't know what it is, because it's so far away.In recent years, scientists began noticing something a little bit off about the structure of the universe. By analyzing the light from distant galaxies, they were able to tell the relative speed and direction in which these objects were moving. The strange thing is that, rather than flying apart like most things in the universe, some of these distant galactic clusters appear to be caught up in a sort of current, speeding at unimaginable velocities (about two million miles per hour) along a specific path. Scientists have coined this phenomenon "dark flow" because, honestly, they really don't know what's causing it. For gravity to be acting on these clusters the way that it seems to be, there would have to be something massive waiting at the end of the path. By massive, we mean something potentially much bigger than anything that we've ever observed in the known universe; something big enough to absolutely dwarf the galactic clusters being sucked towards it like dust to a vacuum cleaner.Read more on what we know and what we don't, at Environmental Graffiti.

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07/18/2013 12:21 PM

This can only mean that the Great Green Arkleseizure and the Coming of the Great White Handkerchief has thus been proven true.

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07/18/2013 12:54 PM

I wonder if it's a bagless model?

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07/18/2013 2:34 PM

It better be! Can you imagine hauling that thing off to some (bigger) black hole for disposal?!?!

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07/18/2013 2:54 PM

And the fees would be astronomical!

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07/18/2013 3:35 PM

Pffft. More like federal. 'Trillions and trillions' have replaced 'billions and billions'.

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07/18/2013 8:23 PM

My wife would still find a way to plug it up and expect me to fix it for her.

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07/18/2013 11:32 PM

Its the plug hole!!!

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07/19/2013 2:49 AM

Finally found it: the little green stone eater

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07/19/2013 4:03 PM

Nah... come on guys... this is clearly the beginning of the "next" big bang. Once it has sucked in all there is to suck in, the universe resets and startrs over.

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07/19/2013 5:11 PM

That's the way our toilet works, too. We have a teenager.

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07/19/2013 8:29 PM

LOL...

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07/19/2013 10:35 PM

Ugh, yes. Teenagers need their own toilets on the far side of the house from actual people.

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07/19/2013 10:38 PM

I was thinking an outhouse.

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07/20/2013 4:48 PM

LoL, I forgot about spaceballs!

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07/22/2013 8:52 AM

Roombazilla!!

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